All posts in " compassion "

Our definition of goodness

By Dave Henning / November 1, 2023

“Our if-thens test God and then grade Him by our definition of goodness.  They do so by drawing straight lines between God’s eternal character and an earthly, tangible outcome. . . .  So when our if-thens snap in two, we have a choice to make.”- Alicia Britt Chole In Chapter 22 (“Proof Misuse”) of The […]


The language of attachment

By Dave Henning / August 28, 2023

“For God to apply [the word compassion] to himself is radical.  This is the language of attachment. . . .  The love of attachment makes you vulnerable to suffering, and yet that is what God says about himself. . . .  God’s compassion is not something abstract but concrete.  It plays out not just in […]


Listening well – experiencing grace

By Dave Henning / February 19, 2023

“Listening well is a refusal to allow self-righteousness to distort our interactions.  It’s a willingness to open ourselves up to blind spots, knowing that we stand in need of grace every single day. . . .  Experiencing grace requires our walls to come down.”- Rich Villodas Rich Villodas concludes Chapter 7 of Good and Beautiful […]


The worst pleasures – purely spiritual

By Dave Henning / April 23, 2022

“The sins of the flesh are bad, but they are the least bad of all sins.  All the worst pleasures are purely spiritual. . . .  For there are two things inside me. . . .  they are the Animal self and the Diabolical self.  The Diabolical self is the worst of the two.  That […]


Compassion instead of condemnation

By Dave Henning / April 22, 2022

“If [the woman caught in adultery] was defined by her sin, it would make sin the ultimate power and authority.  But God is the ultimate power and authority, and she was defined by his love.  All of that became a reality to her because Jesus showed her compassion instead of condemnation.”- Kyle Idleman As Kyle […]


Redefine it as a verb – compassion

By Dave Henning / April 19, 2022

“Compassion is defined as . . . a noun, but Christians need to redefine it as a verb.  That means there should always be an and.  As in, I feel compassion and I then act.  Real compassion doesn’t just break your heart.  It moves your muscles.”- Kyle Idleman (emphasis Kyle’s) Kyle Idleman concludes Chapter 4 […]


The antidote to our indifference

By Dave Henning / April 17, 2022

“Every hurting person was [Jesus’s] son or daughter.  Compassion is the antidote to our indifference. . . .  Our compassion for hurting and hard-to-love people begins with eyes-open prayer.”- Kyle Idleman “As [Jesus] approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out — the only son of his mother.  And a large crowd […]


Emotions of Christ – how to convey His presence

By Dave Henning / July 9, 2021

“Connecting with the emotions of Christ helps us to feel and convey his presence in our conversing, praying, playing, preaching, teaching, and working.  It helps clothe ourselves with Christ’s virtues of compassion, humility, gentleness, and patience (Colossians 3:12).”- Bill Gaultiere As Bill Gaultiere continues Chapter 7 of Journey of the Soul, he notes that we’re […]


Trusting God in desolation

By Dave Henning / July 1, 2021

“Trusting God in desolation doesn’t feel like growth.  That’s because grace is working inside our soul and may not improve our circumstances.  Psychologically, we’re learning to trust our unseen and unfelt Lord and internalize his Spirit so that out of sight is not out of mind.”- Kristi Gaultiere “How long, LORD?  Will you forget me […]


Loaded with the Master’s treasures

By Dave Henning / June 24, 2021

“To be blessed is to be loaded with the Master’s treasures.  Camels can run up to forty miles an hour, but they have to stop and awkwardly kneel in order to be loaded.”- Alan Wright In his Conclusion (“The Best Is Yet to Come”) of The Power to Bless, Alan Wright talks about the Hebrew […]


Efforts of control or efforts of compassion?

By Dave Henning / March 11, 2021

“I want them (friends, co-workers, family members) saved, but I am not their Savior. . . .  They need Jesus.  They need self-control.  So I shift from efforts of control to efforts of compassion.  Compassion lets me love the person, empathize with their pain, and acknowledge their side of things, even if I don’t agree […]


An epic defeat of the enemy

By Dave Henning / March 9, 2021

“It’s often when I don’t want to live out God’s Word with another person that doing what God says is an epic defeat of the enemy.  There is nothing more powerful than a person living out what God’s Word teaches.”- Lysa TerKeurst “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your […]

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